My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

A lesson in letting be

A lesson in letting be floral design by Christine de Beer

Don’t fight it… just let it be.

A clear glass and water summer flower arrangement

Accept that the upside bottom vase has a lip around the edge… and let it be so.

Styling minimal flowers for interiors

Accept that the vase on it’s side rests on this lip to keep its balance… and let it be so.

No floral foam and zero waste design ideas by Christine de Beer

Accept that the vase requires just so much water to balance on its side… and let it be so.

Learning the finer tips for arranging flowers professionally

Accept that the flower spike is top heavy and will topple out of that just enough water if you don’t balance the stem length… and let it be so.

Arranging a single orchid spike in a clear glass design

Accept that the stem needs to kick against the bottom of the vase to remain hydrated… and let it be so.

Minimal floral design for summer styling

Accept that the Phalaenopsis flower has this elegant curve behind it’s throat and needs that to be slipped over the edge of the vase… and let it be so.

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Tutorials

12 August 2020 Upside down and on it’s side glass display that plays with natural balance

Utilizing those not so obvious characteristics of your design details to make a minimal clear glass summer floral design.

4 March 2020 Balancing a fishbowl vase on its side for a floating design

Give new life to an old vase by turning and balancing it on it's side. It's actually easier than it looks... and it looks super impressive!

20 May 2020 A floral float… that floats

If you know my work you have probably seen me do this: I float flowers using a tiny bubble wrap skirt... this time I am floating an entire design on it's own bubble wrap raft.

24 April 2019 Balance a cake stand lid on it’s side to create a leaning design

Suspend a flower for an unusual but minimalist design over a leaning container lid.

25 August 2011 Placing orchids in test tubes

Cut the Phalaenopsis orchid with a bit of green stem attached. This will make them last longer.

8 January 2020 Leaf-puddle for a short stem in a big vase

Add a leaf to a large-ish vase to create a small puddle of water for your short flower stem to rest in.

24 January 2018 Stack two glass vases to keep a leaf upright in water

Slip a leaf into the gap between two glass containers to keep it upright... and add a plastic lining to support the flowers nestled into it.

9 May 2018 Incise waxy Gardenia foliage to decorate the edge of a container

Cut a small wedge out of a stack of waxy leaves to keep the flower and twig in place.

22 August 2018 Vein Veil For Freesias

Cut a slight veil to frame your flowers with

5 September 2018 Wisteria Vine Wreath Armature

Create a barely there armature with sturdy end of season vines.

5 September 2018 Wisteria Wreath Vine

Weave tiny vine wreaths on the leave stems of a stripped Wisteria vine

Favourite Flowers

Phalaenopsis

Phalaenopsis, Moth orchid

Related Designs

26 August 2020 It starts with WHY

Add design elements that serves a purpose for a minimal summer inspired floral design.

4 March 2020 All Aboard!

Ooooh! Am I excited to show you this design. It is an ordinary fishbowl vase... balanced on it's side.

20 May 2020 Whatever floats your boat

This is one of my best known and still my go-to core techniques for floating flowers.

24 April 2019 Put aside

Urgh… my glass cake stand broke leaving me with a still beautiful, but now mismatched and extremely inspirational lid...

8 January 2020 Rest a bit here

Gently curve a shallow area with a leaf to showcase a gorgeous flower with a short stem in a water filled vase

24 January 2018 How to make a stack of just enough:

Stack two vases to create a small gap at the side to keep a leaf upright

9 May 2018 What is the meaning of this?

Create a minimal design with a few leaves to keep is all upright.

22 August 2018 Freestyle Freesia design video for Flower Factor

Freestyle Freesia design video for Flower Factor

26 September 2018 Cover Story

The design for the cover of my book, the effortless floral craftsman, crafted from Fiddlehead Fern and Red Lipstick Hanging Heliconia.

5 September 2018 Wreath Vine Season!

Weave tiny wreaths on the stems of Wisteria vines